Global conversations inspired by Egypt's 2011 uprising featuring Mohamed ElBaradei and Rajmohan Gandhi
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CONVERSATIONS ABOUT GLOBAL DEMOCRACY INSPIRED BY THE 2011 ARAB UPRISINGS
Mohamed ElBaradei & Rajmohan Gandhi
in post-revolution Egypt
In the turbulent post-revolution period in 2012, a time of enormous hope mixed with tremendous uncertainty, Rajmohan Gandhi, international peace advocate, historian, former parliamentarian, and grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, traveled to Egypt with a small delegation from the University of Illinois to lend solidarity to the Egyptian people and engage in dialogue with Mohamed ElBaradei, Nobel Peace Laureate and head of Egypt's opposition coalition. The idea was to provide a vehicle for these two figures to reflect on the Egyptian uprising, the experience of Gandhi during India's independence movement, and global struggles for democracy.
At the time of their two-day encounter, ElBaradei was head of the Constitution Party (hizb al-dastoor), and on the verge of leading the opposition coalition, The National Association for Change. The Egyptian parliament was in the process of drafting a new constitution, the government of Muslim Brotherhood president Mohamed Morsi was facing growing levels of popular discontent, and pressure was mounting on the opposition to provide a viable alternative to the Brotherhood and the Military.
Their conversations about how to organize After the Uprising, their reflections about Divide and Rule, global security, nuclear disarmament, minorities, and global citizenship, capture a combination of BIG IDEAS about global democracy, as well as more intimate stories about how the personal biographies of Dr. ElBaradei and Mahatma Gandhi intersected with monumental historical change in Egypt and India.
DEMOCRACY DIALOGUE MEMES
The Democracy Dialogue memes are teasers for learners and educators to explore key ideas from from figures whose work is dedicated to global justice, education, and critical democracy. The memes are drawn from notable works of literature, political philosophy, sociology, history and economics, among others.
The Democracy Dialogue vignettes combine BIG IDEAS about global democracy, as well as more intimate stories about how the personal biographies of Mohamed ElBaradei and Mahatma Gandhi intersected with monumental historical change in Egypt and India. See the entire selection of videos here
Ideas vs. Ideology
After the Uprising
Divide & Rule
Citizens & Minorities
Educating for Global Security
Democracy dialogue was launched on January 25, 2016, the five year anniversary of the Egyptian Revolution.
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